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General Audio / Re: Questions on "loudness wars" and/or bad CD engineering - doing a FLAClibrary
Last post by bennetng -
In terms of loudness war the situation is not completely hopeless.
The implementation of loudness normalization in various streaming platforms discourages loudness war. It will not change the industry instantly, just wait and see.

About declippers... it's easy to visually smooth out clipped waveform but whether it really sounds better or not is another thing. Unintentional and single instrument clipping is slightly easier to fix but intentional distortions caused by loudness war mixing techniques are basically hopeless. 
General - (fb2k) / Encyclopedia Metallum tags ? - How to find automatic tags by country for artists
Last post by zpoison -
Is there a way to find tags by country, for artists

Like for example, beattles are from the UK
you click on something and foobar finds out they are from the UK and you can tag the file

On the website Encyclopedia metallum all the band countries are shown

manually it can be very long to tag all files

can discog addon for foobar do it?
is there a encyclopedia metallum addon for foobar?
Or anything that could find the country of the artists

thank you

Opus / Re: What is the bitrate of your Opus files?
Last post by ThaCrip -
UPDATE: while I already mentioned I voted for 64kbps, which ain't bad for the bit rate, it seems like 96kbps is what I would vote for now since it's a safe setting for most people and I figure it's not worth gambling (on sound quality loss) on the lower bit rates for important music to squeeze a little extra space savings and Opus @ 96kbps scores very well in listening tests so there is no real need to use higher than 96kbps with Opus in general.

I recently re-converted my FLAC collection to 96kbps (was using 80kbps) just to play it safe (sound quality wise) for my more important music but I still left the less important music at 64kbps (that combo gives me ample room for adding more music to the 8GB MicroSD card in the future).

NOTE: one song I set to 96kbps, had a average bit rate of 138kbps (i.e. 'They Broke His Pelvis' track from the Drive (2011) soundtrack). but my overall music collection (1,205 songs) averages 99kbps so far which is about expected since it's around 96kbps but it's a bit surprising to see 138kbps from the 96kbps setting. only about 4 songs cracked 130kbps+.

p.s. if I wanted to really nitpick and squeeze out every last drop out of Opus I 'may' be able to try going between the 80 and 96kbps setting to 88kbps, but it's not really worth messing with for the little storage space savings and we know 96kbps is a strong sound quality setting given the tests around here. so for anything important I think 96kbps is going to be my default Opus setting now as it should be a safe setting that I can say, 'use it and forget about it'.
General - (fb2k) / Re: [Feature Suggesion] Current Playing / Selected Tracks Available as Titleformat
Last post by jazzthieve -
If I understand you correctly about current playing alternative version of playing track I already have a method in place that does that but I don't think it's for everyone. You need Columns ui and library tree component (the older columns ui version, not the jscript version of the same name) although I guess perhaps with default ui and popup panels library tree could work too (untested).

First, a screenshot:

This show all versions in library of current playing track "Last Train to Transcentral" by The KLF. It doesn't show the artist or title just because I have limited width on that panel and only want necessary information to show.
For this to work you first need to strip down the title of the track to its 'absolute form', meaning stripping away stuff like "remix", "remasterd", "12 inch version", "DJ whoever mix", "live in wherever version"....basically anything that's not part of the actual title and relegate that information to a different tag which I call "Track Info". I also use an additional tag called "track type" which can either be acoustic, remix, demo or live.

The library tree has a filter field and when formatted like this
Code: [Select]
%artist%-%title% IS $nowplaying{%artist%-%title%}
It will show all titles which are the same (hence the purpose of splitting up track info from the actual title). You can set view format to whatever you like to be shown, %track info% and/or %rating% seems logical.

An extra step I devised that proved very helpful for me for identifying same track but which have slight different spellings is using masstagger and use "format value" with this formatting pattern:
Code: [Select]
$crc32($lower($ascii(%artist% $replace(%title%,$char(32),,$char(33),,$char(34),,$char(39),,$char(40),,$char(41),,$char(44),,$char(46),,$char(47),,$char(58),,$char(59),,$char(63),,$char(96),,$char(145),,$char(146),,$char(147),,$char(148),))))
Destination field name: FOO_ID

Basically what this does is formatting all artist-title to an integer and in the process remove all spaces, punctuation marks and other often occurring marks. This ensure for example tracks which are named the same but are not 100% identical (Example: KLF - What Time is Love? or KLF - What Time Is Love) will still be shown as the same in library tree.

If you then use as filter in library tree
Code: [Select]
%FOO_ID% IS $nowplaying{%FOO_ID%}
Then this will yield more trustworthy results without the track titles needing to be 100% identical.
Opus / Re: Which has better quality?
Last post by ThaCrip -
in short... putting hardware compatibility aside, Opus is basically the best lossy encoder right now. but I think anything higher than 2xx kbps is overkill in general for MP3/AAC/Opus (and the like) as it defeats the purpose of using lossy encoders. that answers your questions.

a bit more details...

in terms of lossy encoders at this point in time I think only three are worth using...

-MP3 (LAME) (the safest choice due to everything that works with lossy files supports it)

-AAC (Apple AAC) (the all around best choice given it's widely supported and it beats MP3 at lower bit rates. say roughly around 128kbps and lower. it's just a more efficient version of MP3 one could say.)

-Opus (the best choice if hardware support is not a big concern and your planning on using bit rates around 96kbps and lower. while Opus is great in the 128kbps+ range I feel it loses it's advantages over AAC once you get into the 128kbps+ range and your probably better off using AAC due to the bonus of much better hardware support)

but at the 384kbps bit rate you mentioned... your probably best off just using lossless formats instead (if sound quality is of super high importance) as the whole point in using lossy encoders is for efficiency sake to get similar audio quality to the lossless file but at a much lower bit rate. those who use 320kbps MP3 (and the like), unless they have to for a specific reason, is just a waste of storage space.

or to give you some suggestions given some basic scenario's...

-If you got storage space to burn and are paranoid about sound quality = use lossless audio.
-If you want to use lossy audio but are a bit paranoid on sound quality = use AAC @ 256kbps (Apple AAC CVBR mode). I think this is what iTunes uses.
-If you want efficient use of storage space but still maintain solid sound quality  = use AAC @ 128kbps (Apple AAC @ q64 TVBR)
-If you don't mind trying some of the latest tech and are more concerned with maximum efficiency = use Opus @ 96kbps (maybe a bit lower depending on your preferences (64kbps is respectable for the bit rate) but I just suggested 96kbps since that scores very well around here and you can be confident sound is not really sacrificed at that rate).

if you don't want to overthink things... I suggest you use Apple AAC @ 128kbps (q64 TVBR) and forget about it. you can't go wrong with that choice.
General - (fb2k) / [Feature Suggesion] Current Playing / Selected Tracks Available as Titleformat
Last post by Anselm -
I'm a working open format dj and use foobar for a lot of organizational and preparational tasks. Having implemented my own structures on tagging I found ways to make these usable for various filters in Facet, yet I'd absolutely love to have filters that allow me to show alternative versions of the now selected or playing track (when preparing playlists).

Basic idea from my pov would be a chance to allow title formatting variables to be related to absolute tracks eg. now playing, currently selected... and use the existing methods to strip down the title tag from remix/version information or use my mood mashes (eg. #riser #bigroom #chill) to gain a filtered view on my library in a second Facets instance.

For example I have this track:
Artist: Artist;Artist2
Title: Title (XYZ Remix)
Album: #bigroom #riser #house #tech

and I could create filters that search for:

1) Artist Title;Artist2 Title
2) XYZ
3) #bigroom #riser #house #tech

automatically during playing back a track in foobar or having it selected, a suggestion tool that totally relies on what I tagged before.

As an idea on how they could be designed I'd suggest something like
$nowplaying(title) <- if thats even possible...
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